On October 2, the Jewish Fertility Foundation (JFF) came together with 10 local Jewish organizations to create the largest family event of the season. What began as an idea to connect JFF alumni families became a reality and more extensive and festive than the organizers could have imagined. Over 750 individuals attended this early Sukkot festival.
JFF’s partners for this event were the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA), PJ Library, In the City Camps, Jewish Kids Groups, Atlanta Jewish Academy, Davis Academy, the Epstein School, Honeymoon Israel, Chabad of Dunwoody, and Metro Atlanta Community Mikvah (MACoM).
JFF is the Jewish response to infertility and offers access points to Jewish life and community building. By supporting clients emotionally and financially throughout their fertility journey, JFF helps to build a vibrant, strong, and engaged Jewish community. Families grappling with infertility can often feel alone in their struggle. The support JFF offers families as they attempt to have children goes beyond medical intervention; they understand how vital social support is.
The Sukkot event allowed JFF families to meet each other while connecting to Judaism in fun, out-of-the-box ways. Activities included a mobile petting zoo, bounce house, musical performance by Rabbi Glusman, face painting, Sukkah art projects (even edible ones!), Kona Ice, and food from Kosher Touch Catering.
Sharon Feingold, a JFF Mom, said, “The magnitude of what [JFF] has done—and just how many lives [they have] changed—in the span of just a few years was clearly apparent yesterday as 700+ people enjoyed not only festival fun on a gorgeous fall morning, but a newfound sense of camaraderie. What was once quiet and buried is now all about community, empathy, and joy.”
For more about JFF, visit their website.